European Waterways adds new ship to its barge fleet; will sail Italian waterways

European Waterways are pleased to announce that La Bella Vita, a luxury 20-passenger hotel barge, is joining their fleet this year to offer a very special cruise along some of Italy’s most charming waterways between Venice and the Renaissance city of Mantua.

After she has been refitted to very exacting standards, La Bella Vita will embark on her inaugural voyage on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

The special cruise route gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy the diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife; from the charming Venetian port of Chioggia via the River Po and Bianca Canal to the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua.

Cruise Highlights:

• Guided tour of historic Venice – hidden gardens, Pavilion of the Gondolas

• Tour of the colourful port of Chioggia and its famous red fish market

• Private wine tastings at renowned local producers

• Tour of ancient Adria, including the opera house and cathedral

• Visits to the Ducal Palace in Mantua and Estense Castle in Ferrara

Like all the hotel barges in the European Waterways fleet, La Bella Vita is fully crewed with a captain, gourmet chef, hostesses and a tour guide.

Every 6 night/7 day cruise aboard La Bella Vita includes comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned cabins, gourmet meals, open bar, fine wines, daily escorted excursions, entrance fees, local transfers and the use of barge facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths and a large sundeck to laze on.

Prices for a six-night cruise are from £2,190 per person for individual bookings and from £35,800 for a full boat charter.

For more details and prices call  European Waterways are pleased to announce that La Bella Vita, a luxury 20-passenger hotel barge, is joining their fleet this year to offer a very special cruise along some of Italy’s most charming waterways between Venice and the Renaissance city of Mantua. After she has been refitted to very exacting standards, La Bella Vita will embark on her inaugural voyage on Sunday, 5th September 2010.

The special cruise route gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy the diverse landscapes and nature en route, from picturesque lagoon islands with their colourful houses, to wild beach dunes and pine woods with an abundance of birdlife; from the charming Venetian port of Chioggia via the River Po and Bianca Canal to the captivating lakeside setting of the Renaissance city of Mantua.

Cruise Highlights:
• Guided tour of historic Venice – hidden gardens, Pavilion of the Gondolas
• Tour of the colourful port of Chioggia and its famous red fish market
• Private wine tastings at renowned local producers
• Tour of ancient Adria, including the opera house and cathedral
• Visits to the Ducal Palace in Mantua and Estense Castle in Ferrara

Like all the hotel barges in the European Waterways fleet, La Bella Vita is fully crewed with a captain, gourmet chef, hostesses and a tour guide.

Every 6 night/7 day cruise aboard La Bella Vita includes comfortable accommodation in air-conditioned, en suite cabins, gourmet meals, open bar, fine wines, daily escorted excursions, entrance fees, local transfers and the use of barge facilities such as bicycles to explore the towpaths and a large sundeck to laze on.

Prices for a six-night cruise are from $3,790 per person for individual bookings (however, there are discounts on the website) and from $14,000 for a full boat charter.

For more details and prices, contact your travel agent or call (800) 394-8630 or visit www.gobarging.com. There are a number of significant discounts for the 2010 season posted on the website.

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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